There are three things I am truly gifted at doing on any budget: planning very fun vacations (remember vacations?), ordering extremely drinkable bottles of red wine, and finding very, very good things to wear. So, in the spirit of a holiday season sans travel or dining out, my gift to you is all I have left: This hefty curation of my current favorite fashion, as seen on some particularly stylish people.
I had a lovely time searching high and low (pun alert) for both a designer and a more affordable take on each of these, everywhere from Amazon and Zara to Net-a-Porter and Acne. We're talking trend pieces that don't feel too "trendy," some modern basics that are just kind of cool without really trying, and maybe even a few things that would make good gifts? LMK.
Apparently fringe has gone from a runway trend I thought I'd dabble in a few seasons back to a staple detail in my winter wardrobe. Think less urban cowboy, more minimal and elevated.
The top half of many a skirt suit is having a moment of its own. My faves are double-breasted and a little boxy.
Polish plus attitude.
Mock croc makes it particularly hard to distinguish whether a piece was a splurge or a steal. It's not going anywhere, so continue to get involved: jackets, boots, belts. But let's start with bags, shall we?
Let's be honest: Shopping for baggy denim is a serious roll of the dice, but I'm glad I didn't get discouraged on my journey to find the perfect pair. As far as I'm concerned, no other jeans currently exist.
I grew up in the '90s with an older sister whose Nirvana cassettes and selection of plaid shirts were the epitome of cool. These are kind of like that, but with a color palette that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
If you ignore tie-dye loungewear, vegan-leather blazers are probably the stand-out item of 2020. Safe to invest.
The perfect boot for a year when I couldn't quite imagine wearing heels but sometimes wanted to feel tall.
Like, really oversize. Seriously. Huge. The bigger, the better.
I think we can blame Balenciaga for this year's obsession with statement gold-chain details in every form imaginable.
Granny cardies! But like, your cool, fun grandma who maybe puts a little bourbon in her tea.
In the year of the house dress, I have learned to love a rib-knit style as temps have cooled, but right now, I'm all about the cutouts.
Sweater vests. Not like Chandler. Like this.
The key to really wearing tartan pants is to chill out and treat them as a neutral. Don't overthink it. Throw them on like jeans. Nothing will go wrong. Just let it happen.
Important: A structured leather skirt paired with a good knit and an oversize blazer is a great shortcut to looking cool but a wee bit fancy.
Guys, I got into bucket hats over summer, and there's no going back.
When you already own two basic black puffer jackets, this is what comes next.
I stand firm that shackets have been the missing piece in our wardrobes all these years. They're like blazers but even more chill.
Every winter, I fall in love with a different oversize menswear-inspired coat, and this year, it comes in herringbone form.
A little retro. A little après ski. Very on-trend, but not in a way that you'll get over it.
Chunky, but not dad sneakers. Slightly old-school, but not retro. A little fashion, but definitely with a lowercase f.
How to look rich in five minutes or less.
This cozy touch shouldn't be limited to your jacket lining.
I own four, of varying shades, and am showing no signs of slowing down.
Don't fight the urge to cuddle up in cable knit this winter.
Fun knit hats are such a source of joy over winter.